LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The daughter-in-law of the victim of a young Livonia contractor gave a victim impact statement at sentencing in county court Thursday morning, where she accosted the admitted thief for taking advantage of her elderly father-in-law.
Daniel Wagner, 24, pled guilty to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a D felony, admitting to the theft of two rings from the 83 year old victim, and was sentenced by Judge Dennis Cohen to one to three years’ incarceration with the NYS Department of Corrections, with a recommendation for the drug treatment program at Willard Correctional Facility, as well as one year at the Livingston County Jail, to be served concurrently, or at the same time as, the prison sentence.
“My father-in-law had those rings for more that 40 years, they were a gift from his late wife,” said the victim’s daughter-in-law, Shari West. “At the age of 83, he thought he took them off and not put them in the right place. When we figured out it was Dan, my father-in-law refused to say it was him […] He loved you, Dan.”
Wagner apologized for the crime and said that he feels especially bad because the crime cannot be taken back.
“I’m really sorry about it, I’ve been thinking about it while I’ve been [in jail],” said Wagner. “The reason I feel so horrible about it is it can’t be taken back.”
West said that Wagner owes her father-in-law an apology.
“Maybe while you’re thinking about it you could write my father-in-law a letter,” said West. “He really loved you.”
Judge Cohen added that the Willard drug treatment program is the most appropriate sentence in this case.
“Willard is one of the more highly successful programs for convicted persons who have committed further crimes due to drug addiction,” said Judge Cohen. “If [Wagner] violates, he could go to prison. The drug treatment program seems very appropriate in this case.”